India suffered a shocking ouster from the semifinal stage of the ICC World Cup 2019 after their 18-run defeat against New Zealand at the Old Trafford in Manchester. After their loss, skipper Virat Kohli has appealed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to begin Indian Premier League (IPL) style playoffs from the next World Cup.
The Men in Blues failed to chase 240 runs set by New Zealand batting first at Manchester. Half-centuries from Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson had propelled New Zealand to 239 runs in rain-marred first innings. Chasing a modest total, Matt Henry and Trent Boult wrecked havoc with the new ball reducing India to five for three from where Virat Kohli & Co failed to recover. They staged a valiant comeback courtesy two outstanding partnership, but the dismissal of Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni after a 100-run stand was the final nail in the coffin.
Meanwhile, India came into the semifinal finishing at the top of the points table ahead of Australia. But their defeat against New Zealand was a shocker for every cricket lovers. Asked whether IPL-style playoffs should be an option in future, Virat Kohli said that the playoffs should come into consideration if topping the league stages matter at all.
“Who knows in future. Maybe. If topping the table means anything. I think these things can come into consideration, looking at the magnitude of this tournament. That is a really valid point. You never know when that is going to be implemented,” Kohli said.
However, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli said the semifinal format has its charm as it completely negates a team’s previous performances in the event. He also added that it is a challenge where the past performances are not taken into account, and the sides start from fresh.
“But I think that’s the challenge and different kind of fun of these games as well that you have to be precise. It doesn’t matter what you have done before that. It’s a fresh day, fresh start, and if you are not good enough, you go home,” Kohli said.
“So you have to accept that, as I said. It’s a different challenge for all the teams to turn up on that day and be absolutely at the top of their game and whoever does that they get the result, as you saw today,” Kohli concluded.